Dedicated Family Law Attorneys Guiding Families Toward Resolving Conflict in Knoxville

Compassionate representation from skilled, experienced lawyers for clients throughout Tennessee

Domestic disputes are always emotionally charged, and practical solutions often seem unattainable. When you require a legal ruling or a court order to settle a family dispute or resolve an issue concerning:

The skilled family law attorneys at the law firm of LaFevor & Slaughter are here to represent your interests in all areas of family law. With more than 40 years of experience serving Knoxville families, we offer free initial consultations over the telephone.

Tennessee lawyers provide the individual attention your family deserves

LaFevor & Slaughter helps Tennessee clients overcome the legal challenges that affect their everyday lives. In everything we do, we put you — our client — first. We deliberately limit our case load so that we can give an extra level of personal attention to each client. We are dedicated to improving people’s lives by taking as much pain as possible out of divorce, delivering as much joy as possible through successful adoption and providing as much security as possible to elder and handicapped clients.

While we offer sensitive counsel to steer you clear of trouble, we also deliver aggressive, results-oriented litigation services when you need someone to fight for you.

Questions and answers about Tennessee family law

Family law involves many complicated topics that have an impact on the way a person lives their daily life. People often have questions about the law as it effects our families. Our Knoxville family law attorneys are here to answer these and any other question you might have about the legal challenge you are facing.

How do I adopt a step-child in Tennessee?

Step-parent adoption can be a simple process if you have the child’s other biological parent’s consent. You must have their consent because the other parent must willingly relinquish their parental rights before you can proceed with the adoption process.

What is the difference between legal separation and divorce in Tennessee?

Legal separation is similar in many aspects to divorce in Tennessee, however, the parties remain legally married and they are not free to remarry. The grounds for separation are the same as the grounds for divorce, and the court will rule on the issues of spousal and child support, child custody and division of assets in a separation agreement.

What is the purpose of a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a contract that both parties must agree on, and which documents how each party’s property will be distributed at the time of divorce or death. The purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to decide these issues prior to the marriage so that one party can preserve separate assets, agree on whether one of the party’s will receive spousal support, protect the other spouse from their existing debt and it can articulate how either party’s children from a previous marriage will inherit should their parent pass away.

At what age can a child choose which parent they want to live with in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, the court will consider the reasonable preference of a child who is age 12 or older. They will consider the preference of a younger child upon request but the preference of an older child will normally be given greater weight. Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-6-106 (2016)

How can I get an order of protection?

If past or present spouse, current or former partner or relative is abusing you, threatening abuse or stalking you, you may be able to obtain an order of protection from a judge. An order of protection allows law enforcement to arrest the person who is abusing you without a warrant.

Special consideration for families of active duty military and law enforcement

Military and law enforcement personnel undergo stress that civilians never encounter. If you are a military or law enforcement head of household seeking legal counsel for a domestic issue, you want an attorney who understands and respects your culture. Attorney Jim LaFevor is a former U.S. Army Ranger and combat veteran. Having served as an artillery officer in Vietnam, Jim has a clear understanding of the challenges that servicemen and servicewomen face. Out of gratitude for your service, LaFevor & Slaughter offers discounted legal fees for active duty military and law enforcement personnel.

Contact a concerned and qualified Knoxville family law attorney

When you are ready to discuss your family law issues with a knowledgeable attorney who understands the challenges you are facing, call LaFevor & Slaughter at 865.272.4454 or use this contact form to schedule a consultation with an experienced Knoxville family law attorney.